Changing the Web Route

This admin manual assumes that the owncloud server shall be accessible under the web route /owncloud – this is also where the Linux packages make the server appear. You can change this in your Web server configuration, for example from to

Basic system administrator and Apache configuration knowledge is prerequisite. Several configuration files need to be kept in sync when changing the Web route location.

On an Ubuntu-14.04 system the following files are typically involved:

  • /etc/apache2/conf-enabled/owncloud.conf
  • /var/www/owncloud/config/config.php
  • /var/www/owncloud/.htaccess

Example: Moving from /owncloud to /

Edit the file /etc/apache2/conf-enabled/owncloud.conf to say:

Alias / "/var/www/owncloud/"

Edit /var/www/owncloud/config/config.php to say:

'overwrite.cli.url' => 'http://localhost/',

Edit the file /var/www/owncloud/.htaccess to say:

<IfModule mod_rewrite.c>
  RewriteBase /

Optionally also set your document root, though this is generally not needed or recommended. Edit the file /etc/apache2/sites-enabled/000-default.conf to say:

DocumentRoot /var/www/owncloud


Since owncloud version 9.0.2 we support short URLs without index.php. The rewrite mechanisms involved a RewriteBase rule in .htaccess which is auto-generated when owncloud is first started. Depending on the exact way owncloud was installed (upgrade or fresh, plain tar archive, or packages) you may or may not find a RewriteBase in your .htaccess files. If it is not yet there, make sure to double check once the ownCloud server is up and running.

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